Matt?s class act
By STEVE SPINKS
NEW South Wales cricketer Matthew Phelps' behaviour has improved.
This was the judgement of a handful of Richmond River High teachers who watched the Blues batsman present a road safety message at his former school yesterday.
The former Clunes boy and Southern Districts cricketer hammed it up with teachers and students along with NSW teammate Stuart Clark during the speeding presentation run by the Roads and Traffic Authority ? a sponsor of the Speedblitz Blues.
"I was always a good student," Phelps quipped.
"Generally, when I come home I don't see anyone except for family.
"So it was good to see some old teachers here and out at Alstonville yesterday."
Phelps left Lismore 13 years ago in his quest for cricketing glory, but it's not always been an easy ride.
Despite being a prodigious run-getter in the Sydney first grade competition with Manly and now Sydney University, State selectors have not always persevered with the right-hander.
After six years with the Blues, Phelps has only played 16 Pura Cup and seven ING Cup matches.
"You never feel totally comfortable within a team," he said.
"But I'm starting to feel more at ease with myself at the next level."